THE fourth inductee into the Hume Football League Hall of Fame is Ian Kreutzberger – a Rand footballer, community leader and a proudly devoted family man.
Described as a rugged and determined competitor on the field, he was also the ultimate utility player off the field covering many roles.
Ian’s career at Rand started as a nine-year-old in the under 19s, before debuting in seniors as a 15-year-old in 1967.
All in all, his playing career lasted 23 years pulling up stumps with 370 senior games under the belt for his beloved Pigeons, and never receiving one match payment.
While the ultimate premiership success eluded him, he thrived in Rand’s six straight finals appearances between 1971 and 1976.
It was in 1976 when Ian won his only Best and Fairest award at Rand – that year the Pigeons were beaten in the preliminary final.
Off the field his service is both remarkable and completely selfless.
Ian’s career at Rand started as a nine-year-old in the under 19s, before debuting in seniors as a 15-year-old in 1967. All in all, his playing career lasted 23 years pulling up stumps with 370 senior games under the belt.
He joined the Rand Football Club committee in 1974 and, despite two mergers, is still on the current committee.
Ian was the longest serving president in the club’s history and has been a long time curator and maintenance man at the Rand Sportsground facility.
Ian and wife Lois’ four sons have all played at Rand along with three of their wives playing netball, along with eight grandchildren having started or about to start sport at Rand.
A loyal and devoted servant of the Rand community with 56 years at the Rand FC and now Walbundrie and Walla football clubs.